Right Here, in Qatar!
A FIFA World Cup™ of Firsts
Let’s celebrate the stats!
Argentina’s Lionel Messi lifting the famous trophy for the first time, capped an amazing culmination of firsts for the region, bringing energy and excitement to the tournament of a lifetime.
The Power of Amazing
Size can be deceptive – and Qatar proved it! With a population of 2.985M (as of September 2022), and a land area of 11,571 square metres, Qatar is the smallest host country on record. Check out the numbers that really count. Mega!
Now these host country stats have become international football history – setting new records around the world for generations to come. It started as a dream but it really did happen … right here. Home win!
- More than 1.4M fans from across the globe visited Qatar for the event
- There were over 2.4M local and international Hayya Card holders
- Cumulative attendance of 3,404,252 (up from 3M in 2018)
- Average of 53,191 spectators per match (up from 47,371 in 2018)
- 2,450,000 fans attended Group Stage matches, with stadiums at 96% capacity
- Fan noise level of 131 decibels recorded at Uruguay v Korea Republic – as loud as a plane taking off!
- The 8 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums were spread across the country, but the farthest distance between them is 75km
- 24 teams stayed within a 10km radius of each other
- 12,456 personnel performed private security duties, with 4,720 staff in medical roles
- 170,000 stadium seats from 6 stadiums will be donated for alternative uses